Christopher Reitzel

Christopher J. Reitzel



Chris Reitzel is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance group. He works with issuers, underwriters and financial advisors on public and project finance projects across a broad range of sectors. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on public offerings and private placements. His diverse transactional background includes taxable and tax-exempt debt, complex variable rate products including subordinated and senior commercial paper and direct and standby credit and liquidity facilities.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on public and project finance matters, with extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in the areas of transportation and infrastructure, public power, environmental, higher education, health care and housing matters, including work on financings for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), Empire State Development (ESD), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and The City of New York (NYC).

Complex Project Experience

I have been fortunate to be involved in some uniquely complex, multi-disciplinary transactions. For example, I served as bond counsel to ESD (through the New York Transportation Development Corporation (an ESD-related entity)) in the approximately US$2.4 billion P3 bond financing for the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport in New York City, which was awarded the Bond Buyer’s Regional Deal of the Year award in 2016. I also served as disclosure counsel for LIPA’s first-of-its-kind $2 billion municipal utility debt restructuring, which involved preparing a new disclosure document for a stand-alone securitization authority (Utility Debt Securitization Authority or UDSA), as well as a tender offer disclosure document for LIPA.

Disclosure

I have served as disclosure counsel many times, including regularly for two very active issuers with multifaceted operations and diverse financing programs. Since 2000, I have been EFC’s disclosure counsel for its State Revolving Fund programs. Since 2008, I have been disclosure counsel to LIPA (and UDSA). In both cases, I get to work with incredibly talented and dedicated in-house people on cutting-edge financings.

What do you see on the horizon?

Creative financing solutions. The recent financing environment is pushing our industry to develop new ways to finance growing infrastructure needs. To meet the needs of our clients—issuers, investment banks, credit providers, consultants, developers—we will need to be as thoughtful as ever.

Representative Experience

  • Served as bond counsel to DASNY since 1998 for billions of dollars of private and state-supported financings
  • Served as bond counsel to ESD for state-supported financings and private financings such as the New York Transportation Development Corporation (an ESD-related entity) for its US$2.4 billion P3 bond financing for the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport in New York City
  • Serves as disclosure counsel to EFC (since 2000) for its State Revolving Fund programs and LIPA (since 2008) for its financings and its bankruptcy-remote special purpose securitization entity UDSA
  • Served as underwriters’ counsel for numerous NYC general obligation financings

Nixon Peabody boosts infrastructure reach through Squire Patton Boggs hires

The Bond Buyer | June 11, 2019

This feature highlights the arrivals of New York City partner Chris Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group.

Career Tracker Lawyers on the Move

Reuters Legal | April 14, 2019

The recent additions of New York partner Chris Reitzel  and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance & Public Finance team are highlighted in Reuters Legal’s Career Tracker column.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | April 07, 2019

The additions of New York City partner Chris Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeff Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group are highlighted in this article.

Nixon Peabody hires two from Squire

Project Finance International | April 03, 2019

The additions of New York City partner Christopher Reitzel and Albany counsel Jeffrey Pohl to Nixon Peabody’s growing Project Finance and Public Finance practice group are highlighted in this

Contact

Christopher J. Reitzel

Partner

New York

Phone: 212-940-3016


Fax: 833-830-3159

Harvard University, B.A.

New York University School of Law, J.D.

New York

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